By Walter Dean Myers
& Digital Publisher: HarperCollins
Current Publisher: Amistad (HarperCollins)
Reading Level: Ages 13 & Up
YPL Finalists That Year:
- Laurie Halse Anderson for Speak
- Louise Erdrich for The Birchbark House
- Polly Horvath for The Trolls
- Walter Dean Myers for Monster
YPL Winner That Year: Kimberly Willis Holt for When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
Judges That Year: Veronica Chambers, Mary Ann McGuigan, Hazel Rochman, Zena Sutherland, Roger Sutton
The Year in Literature: Holes by Louis Sachar won the Newbery Medal.
- In 2012, Walter Dean Myers was named the national ambassador for young people’s literature. For two years, he will act as a leader in the children’s book world, touring the country and speaking at schools and libraries about the importance of reading and literacy.
- Myers was also a Finalist in 2005 for Autobiography of My Dead Brother and in 2010 for Lockdown.
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